Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Remake and Sequel Season



INCREDIBLES 2
ANIMATED

PLOT:    The superhero family is back despite superheroes are illegal.

                The Parr family or the Incredibles are Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash and Violet try to stop Underminer with terrible results but a very rich man wants to change the imagine of superheroes so they can become legal again by using Elastigirl.  It has been 14 years since the last movie and it is worth the wait!  It is action packed and very funny and the character that steals the show is Jack Jack the youngest member of family.  He is has powers and is adorable.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
ACTION/ADVENTURE/ SUPERHERO

PLOT:    Sequel to the Ant-man and more problems await him.
               
                Scott Lang/Ant-man (Paul Rudd) is on house arrest in his home because helping Captain America in Civil Wars.  He wants to be a superhero and a good father to his daughter.  The original  Ant-man Hank Prym (Michael Douglass) is now looking for his wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Phieffer) who is in the Quantum Realm so he needs Scotts help and a mysterious woman, Ava/Ghost (Hannah John Kamen, Killjoys) who wants Hank Pym’s tech as well.  Sound very serious doesn’t it?  Well it isn’t!  It is very light-hearted compared to Avengers Infinity Wars.  It is a great popcorn movie and if you like Ant-man go see this movie!!

SKYSCRAPER
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  Security expert goes to great lengths to save his family in a burning hotel.

                Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is Will Sawyer, a war veteran with a prosthesis leg now is a security specialist for hotels and he and his family are in the tallest building in the world. What could happen?  EVERYTHING!  A burning building, crazed hi-tech criminals and a very rich man with secrets.  There are two reasons why you should see this film:  Johnson and action! If you go for anything else you will be disappointed.  It is a good summer movie!

SUPER FLY
CRIME DRAMA

PLOT:  Remake of the 1972 film.

                Priest is thinking of getting out of the “life” of drugs and crime.  He wants to do his “last score” and he has to be gangster and cunning to do it.  This movie is stylish blaxploitation.  I believe we will get a flood of blaxploitation 2.0 but it won’t start with this film.  The movie is full of bling, action, cussing, violence and sex and yet it was in the theater in a hot minute so you probably missed it.  The company Sony didn’t promote it very well.  I am sure it will do better on video and On-Demand.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Fun, See Women Run



BREAKING IN
SUSPENSE/ACTION

PLOT:    Black mother has to protect her kids from thieves.

                Shaun (Gabrielle Union) has two kids a teenage girl and her son.  Her father dies and she has to go over to her father’s house over the weekend.  The problem is robbers are there not knowing the family is coming over. The twist the robbers are white and the heroine is upper class black.  You have seen this story a thousand times before but Union gives it her all.  She uses her intelligence, courage and determination to save her children at all cost.  The movie came out in a hot minute but I am sure it will do much better on video.

OCEAN’S 8
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:    Females steal a six pound all diamond necklace.

                Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gets out of jail and instead of going straight she gets a team of all women to steal multimillion dollar jewelry at a major star filled gala. The cast includes Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Thor: Ragnarok), Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Returns), Mindy Kaling(A Wrinkle In Time), Helen Bonham Carter (Harry Potter Franchise), Sarah Paulson (TV series American Crime Story), Rihanna (singer of Umbrella) and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2).  The ladies are clever in the field of expertise. Who asked for female heist movie?  Not me, but it is slightly better than the female Ghostbusters. The reason is it is more glamorous.  Bullock, who looks stunning, is a con-artist or just a damn social path.  She lies flawlessly without any conscience.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
ACTION/ADVENTURE

PLOT:    The continuation of the popular dinosaur franchise.

                It is four years after the shutdown of Jurassic World and Clare (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) go to Isla Nobler to save as many dinosaurs as they can as there is a volcano there.  The rich and powerful people really want Blue, a raptor Owen trained for evil experiments.  Story really not important but the dinosaurs are especially a new creature the scientist creates. Acting not important either for it is mostly escaping unrealistic situations. It is a summer popcorn movie period.

                

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Franchise Footnotes



DEADPOOL 2
ACTION/SUPERHERO

PLOT:    Deadpool is back.

                Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, the foul-mouth, wise-cracking assassin who must save a young chubby kid from a new threat named Cable (Josh Brolin) from the future.  Yes, it is a “Terminator” theme.  It is more of the same so if you like the last movie you will enjoy this one.  He has his own team X-Force-it is not like the Avengers!  The soundtrack matches the wacky and the wildness of Deadpool.  These films send up super heroism and place it in overdrive!
  
SOLO: STAR WARS STORY
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:    Hans Solo origin.

                This story is about how Hans Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) met Lando Cairissian (Donald Glover, Atlanta), Chewbacca got the ship Millennium Falcon and how he got his cynical sense of humor.  The film has a lot of references to Star Wars universe.  It is not as bad as I thought it would be with all the talent behind it.  Director Ron Howard and writer Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Ehrenreich not first choice for Solo but he wasn’t bad.  It is a good addition to the Star Wars franchise.
  
OVERBOARD
COMEDY/ROMANCE 

PLOT:    Spoiled, rich Latino man has amnesia and hard-working woman uses it to her advantage.

                If the is story sounds familiar it is a remake of Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in 1987.  Ana Faris and Eugenio Derbez are the couple now.  It is very sweet but predicable.  It has some very funny moments and has a Latin flavor to it.  If you want to see something different then superhero movies this summer then this is for you.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Infinity of Acrimony



ACRIMONY
DRAMA

PLOT:    Black woman does everything for her husband only to be cheated on and conned.

                 What does acrimony mean?  It means bitterness and anger. Melinda (Taraji P. Henson) fell in love with brilliant but con artist.  He took a lot from her: her virginity, her money, her mother’s house. Her husband did become successful and married someone else.  She has borderline personality she calls it blind rage!  Okay.  This movie is a Lifetime movie for black women.  Oh man, Henson was over the top but so would you if you had been through what she has.  If you go to see this movie, go with your girlfriends because if you go with your man it will give you the wrong ideas.  See it if you love Taraji Henson slowly turning into a crazed bitch!

AVENGERS INFINITY WARS
ACTION/SUPERHERO

PLOT:    World’s mightiest heroes come together to battle the evil Thanos.

                Ironman, Hulk, Thor, Captain America Black Widow along with many others joins forces to stop Thanos from having all Infinity gemstones.  That’s basically it but it is well done and even better for the fans. Thanos is a horrible foe yet he tries to make sense of his world killer logic.  He is a great villain. Fans or not be prepared for sensational special effects and shocking events for many of the popular superheroes.  You will be saying OMG or curse words. You don’t see it coming and you when you do you will be gasping!  Worth watching!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ready for An Uprising Rampage?



RAMPAGE
ACTION/SCI-FI
  
PLOT:    Three animals grow and become extremely aggressive because of a chemical by a major corporation.

                Davis Okoye (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) a primatologist (!) has a bond with an albino ape named George.  One night he stumbles and breathes in a gas that makes him incredible big and incredible hostile.  Davis must help his friend George and save a city.  Oh man, the story is hard to believe but the giant monster action is fantastic!!!  The rest of the cast is not too bad either with Naomie Harris (James Bond) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Walking Dead) who is very, very, very funny.  If you like Johnson, giant monster attacking cities and fighting each other-Go!  If not WAIT!

PACIFIC RIM 2: UPRISING
SCI-FI/ACTION
  
PLOT:  The sequel to Pacific Rim.

                It took five years for Hollywood to continue the story of Jaegers (hunters in German) giant mecha-robots to defeat giant monsters from the sea. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is Jake Pentecost, the son of (Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba) from the last movie.  He is not like his dad, he is reckless but Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi from the last movie) brings him back to train cadets to control the mecha-machines.  Story is not my concern but the action is!  It is rock ‘em sock ‘em 250 feet robots attack big monsters.  If you didn’t like the first one you will not like this but if you did you are in for a treat!  There is action and minor spoiler:  None of the robots fight in the rain or at night!

A WRINKLE IN TIME
FANTASY/ADVENTURE

PLOT:    Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’ Engle.

                Meg (Storm Reid) and her younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) miss their father (Chris Pine) a scientist who discovers a new way to see the universe and he hasn’t been seen in four years. They go on a mission to find their father. Man, this movie has great special effects and the bottom line love for family but it was confusing to me. One of the reasons why it doesn’t grab you is that they took out the religious overtones in the book. The novel was difficult to make into film but director Ava DuVenay did her best.  If you like the book and Oprah Winfrey (who looks very amazing in her outfits) you should see it, if not wait.

READY PLAYER ONE
ACTION/SCI-FI
  
PLOT:  When an inventor of a virtual reality dies he tells the gamers if they can find the Easter Egg they will be rich.

                In 2045 the world is much worse than it is now but their only release is going to the Oasis, a virtual reality game.  The creator passes away but if he can find the three keys to find the Easter Egg the person will have enormous wealth.  If you love video games and pop culture you will enjoy this movie.  You think you can’t follow it but you can and it is visually stunning.  Younger people will love it even more!  Director Steven Spielberg went back to what he does best--focusing on what it is like to be young and have fun.